Miller-Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Miller

Policy Research Communications Director

320 BBH Building


Mel loves working with the staff of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. She enjoys writing about the faculty's very important work and sharing it with the community. Under Mel’s supervision, in June 2017, the Center released its new website, providing a visually-appealing user experience that is easy to navigate and easy to maintain. To help boost the Center’s communications and provide hands-on experience to students, Mel mentored some outstanding communication interns from Penn State’s College of Communications. Mel is also working with Dr. Mark Greenberg on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project, developing policy briefs on social and emotional learning.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Mel worked in the Washington, DC metro area at one of the largest public relations firms in the country. With over 20 years of experience in research, marketing and communications, Mel’s primary focus was on the public health, energy, and technology sectors. She has an extensive portfolio of communication products which she developed for the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and State of Maryland, to name a few. Several of her other videos and brochures have been recognized by industry organizations, receiving awards from distinguished competitions including The Communicator Awards, The Telly Awards, and Hermes Creative Awards.

Mel oversaw a three-year research project conducting focus groups with adolescents living with hemophilia and producing two award-winning videos. She also wrote a white paper, titled Identifying Information Needs Among Children and Teens living Hemophilia, published in the international journal, Haemophilia. She developed web and  social media content for the National Eye Institute’s eye health education program. She served as a speechwriter for the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services for three years. She also worked on energy savings campaigns for Baltimore Gas and Electric, PEPCO, DTE, Consumers Energy and SMECO.

When Mel isn’t at work, she is cheering on her daughter at a swim meet, making new friends in the State College area or visiting old friends and family in Maryland.

Current Projects

Future Directions in Social and Emotional Learning and Education

"What's next" in innovative strategies to address critical challenges and opportunities in the sustainable scaling of SEL in schools and communities.
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Research and Policy Briefs on Social and Emotional Development

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